I’ve had two very successful sessions at the BW Basement with a group of ‘students’ from the Film and Darkroom Group of London Independent Photography (LIP).

Taking over the complete darkroom, the students found the facilities first-class – a good range of enlargers and easy-to-use developing and drying facilities.

We all loved the homely atmosphere of the BW Basement (and the cafe opposite) and we will be back early next year for more group sessions.

Ted Kinsey

Leader of LIP Film and Darkroom Group, December 2019

A great darkroom facility with quality equipment.

Keith, who introduced me to darkroom printing, was thorough and patient, which made the experience enjoyable and built my confidence to come back and print on my own.

Arnaud Lin

October 2020

Many thanks for the latest prints. Both are beautiful.

Amazing work by Dave, he is a ‘Master’, please pass along my heartfelt thanks.

It is great to see the results of an expert eye at work, no Photoshop….a human being with skill and determination to get magnificent results from my old negatives.

Chris Copp

Exeter, July 2020

Just want to say what a pleasure it was on Saturday to meet you and use your wonderful darkroom space. 

Thank you for all your help and patience. Adam got a lot out of the day and, I think, set him off on a great start for future darkroom and black and white printing. 

Many thanks and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Alan Reich

London, 16th Dec 2019

Thank you so much for all your help over the many pleasurable sessions I’ve had at BWB.

It’s been a delight watching the darkroom expand and more people come in over the years, the facilities and equipment remain second-to-none in my experiences, and I’ve used many darkrooms in the past!

If you’re new to this, or a seasoned veteran, Keith couldn’t make you feel any more welcome, and you will quickly be producing excellent work in his well setup darkroom.

Barry C

11th April 2018

Fantastic darkroom facilities with expert support from the team.

Highly recommend for any black and white analogue photographers.

Dominic Whisson

November 2019

Proper dark room prints .. great quality and great team

Giuseppe Battaini

13th October 2018

Just to touch base and say what a wonderful time Kyle and I had yesterday.

I had intended to do some printing myself, but David and Keith were so full of interesting facts about all things photography, historical and modern I spent most of the day picking their brains and just generally having a good time remembering long forgotten techniques and darkroom tips.

For Kyle, he initially expressed a mild interest in photography and I feel I coerced him into doing the darkroom session (I’m an absolute believer you do not understand photography, digital or analogue, until you’ve developed and printed a film) but he absolutely loved it and is saving up already for his next session. The main impression was how ‘false’ his iPhone felt now and he is looking forward to getting his hands on my Nikon FM2 again, which I really did not expect. Normally we get home from a day out and he is straight on the computer, but last night we couldn’t get rid of him as he chatted all about the day and showed us his work.

Another added benefit was discovering some old family negatives which I now cannot wait to print up.

Please pass on our thanks to David, who was so patient and lovely, and to Keith who took the time to talk to us and make the tea.

Hayley Madden

7th March 2020

I found David to be an excellent teacher, and very easy going.

He explained even the most technical stuff so well and the notes he gave me were brilliant!

A wonderful day’s learning. Thanks so much


Peckham, September 2019

I’ve been using this darkroom regularly for the last two years.

It is a well organised space with a good range of equipment for all film formats and printing needs. I print fibre based paper up to 24 x 20 and the enlargers and equipment cater for all my needs perfectly.

It makes it so much easier to get in a good days worth of printing when you have a comfortable environment and this fits the bill perfectly. Having been a photographer and printer for over forty years I would highly recommend this darkroom.

David Corio

London, December 2019

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for Sunday!

Realised how much I’ve missed being creative and using my hands to work, so I’m very grateful.

It was such a great day, and I’m really excited to spend more time developing and practising the process further.

Samantha S

25th April 2018

Just emailing to say thank you so much for yesterday!

I am definitely pleased with the negatives, contact sheets and hand prints I produced and will certainly be booking another session – this time with a friend.

Neda M

27th April 2018

A really great darkroom to work in!!

I have to also thank Keith who helped me immensely get my wits around being back in a darkroom and being so generous with his time and knowledge.

I also experimented with the paper processing machine which developed the prints automatically and this worked perfectly.

Thanks again and see you soon!

Jessica M

Notting Hill, 19th August 2020

All round excellent experience hiring a darkroom for the day at Black and White Basement.

They have fantastic equipment which is all well maintained. Keith was very friendly and was available if I needed his help with anything.

Free parking was a bonus and all for a very reasonable price. I will definitely use again.

Neil Sterry

Fulham, 8th January 2020

Hired the area for some film processing, it was very cheap. B&W were very helpful.
Nihal Chadha

16th August 2017

I just booked my second tuition session in Black & White Basement. The owner is really friendly, their equipment is professional and they provide a one on one tuition to learn.

I will advertise them to all my photographer friends who need a quiet and peaceful environment for developing their negs. and do enlargements.

Sebastian Rooks

14th Nov 2017

I have really enjoyed my printing session.

Thank you very much for all the tuition – Please forward my thanks to David, the last session was really helpful. I had a really happy and unforgettable time at Black & White Basement.

Thank you for the space and hospitality – looking forward to seeing more of your darkroom when I see you next time.


21st October 2017

Quality service and amazing knowledge of photography.
Steven Jeffels

19th August 2016

Excellent facilities and work at great prices.. a valuable resource for us who use film and like prints.

Christopher Ridley

10th May 2018

Many thanks for exceeding my expectations – superb prints and very evocative. You have a great touch with printing AND Am sure I will be sending further negatives your way for printing.

Chris Copp

Exeter, November 2019

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